and practicing the RICE method. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Today my knees feel significantly better, but just to be safe I decided to skip my run for today. I would rather miss one run than a week of runs because I pushed myself.
It's time for new shoes and I think that might be the culprit. I have well over 300 miles on my Asics. I think that a trip to the store for new shoes will be on the agenda for this coming weekend. Maybe that will help to alleviate some of the snap, crackle, popping my knees have been doing lately too!
For lunch today I brought the leftover Broccoli & Ginger Stir-Fry from Meatless Monday last night. It just wasn't my favorite Meatless Monday so far. Tonight I am making crispy Italian chicken with roasted tomatoes with a side of red potatoes and green beans. I'm way more excited about that! God I love food.
Speaking of food, I think I have perfected my favorite breakfast smoothie! Here it is:
Blueberry, Banana, Spinach Smoothie
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 cup Light Vanilla Soy Milk
1 scoop of Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (I use the Biggest Loser kind, 0 points per serving)
3 ice cubes
Place the first 4 ingredients in your blender carafe the night before and allow to sit in the fridge overnight. (This allows the banana and blueberries to thaw a little and makes the process in the morning much quicker!)
In the morning, add protein powder and ice cubes, blend until smooth.
It's fantastic and tastes like a chocolate banana blueberry chocolate milkshake! I have officially gotten hooked on smoothies. It also works great with frozen mixed berries.
I am really bummed not to be running today, but I know it's for the best. I don't have health insurance so a doctor visit will only be a last resort.
How do you deal with injuries or strange pain? When do you think it's time to call in the doctor?